Peacock Room - Northeast Corner

ID: SIA2007-0173

Creator: Unknown

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Date: circa 1980

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 02-082, Box 1, Folder: Photographs - Peacock Room at the Freer

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Summary

Northeast corner of "Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room," 1876-1877, as redesigned by James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903. The room was conceived by Thomas Jeckyll, architect and designer, 1827-1881, as a Porsellanzimmer (porcelain room) covered with antique Dutch leather, against which a framework of spindled walnut shelves held Leyland's collection of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. James McNeil Whistler's La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine 9 "The Princess from the Land of Porcelain"), was hung above the mantelpiece. Whistler further decorated the sumptuous room and its Tudor-style ceiling from which lights were hung. Charles Lang Freer purchased the room in 1904 from a London art gallery who had removed the room for the the home of Frederick R. Leyland, a wealthy ship owner of Liverpool, England. The room was installed the Freer Gallery of Art following Freer's death. Oil paint and metal leaf on canvas, leather and wood. In this photo, the fireplace has a screen. The painting by James Whistler called "The Princess from the Land of Porcelain" occupies a place of honor above the fireplace. Two of the golden tapestries embroidered into the walls are shown.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art Peacock Room
  • Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (Exhibition)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 02-082, Box 1, Folder: Photographs - Peacock Room at the Freer

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

circa 1980

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Art
  • Liverpool, England
  • Lighting
  • Exhibitions
  • Ceilings
  • Painting
  • Art objects
  • England

Place

  • England
  • Great Britain

ID Number

SIA2007-0173

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9w x 7h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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